The unexpected dangers of gum disease

The mechanisms behind periodontal disease are relatively well-understood, and newer research shows that this health problem may play a role in the development of a number of other conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and respiratory disease. ...Other experiments have produced evidence that one type of bacteria commonly found in cases of periodontitis — Porphyromonas gingivalis — can be found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer's. ...individuals who smoke or drink large quantities of alcohol are more likely to have both oral and cardiovascular issues, but there appears to be more to the relationship than shared risk factors alone. ...the mouth is a shared gateway to the gums and the lungs, making a link between gum and lung diseases less surprising than some of the others that we have encountered.

10 signs your teeth aren’t as healthy as you think they are

If you have any of the following warning signs, consider making a trip to the dentist. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images The signs of dental decay, gum disease, or cavities are not always obvious.Bad breath and bleeding gums can both be signs of gum disease.If you notice white patches on your teeth or a tooth getting darker … Continúa leyendo 10 signs your teeth aren’t as healthy as you think they are

How to Brush Your Teeth Properly, Including Stopping Over-Brushing

by Dr. Mark Burhenne, DDS Without even looking into your mouth, I’m going to wager a guess that you’re probably brushing too hard and unknowingly causing damage to your dentin and gums. As a country we are brushing too hard, which is causing receding gums, damaged dentin and teeth, and more cavities. In fact, for … Continúa leyendo How to Brush Your Teeth Properly, Including Stopping Over-Brushing